AIR: Helping indigenous farmers in Guatemala to farm with trees to mitigate climate change

The Alliance for International Reforestation Guatemala (AIR) is helping indigenous farmers to learn how to farm with trees, in order to prevent soil erosion, mitigate climate change and improve crop yields and diversity without using dangerous chemicals. AIR technicians – who are Guatemalan professionals trained in agro-forestry and environmental engineering – educate indigenous farmers about proper tree-planting and agroforestry that provides sustainable farming as well … Continue reading AIR: Helping indigenous farmers in Guatemala to farm with trees to mitigate climate change

Civiltà Contadina: Preserving Italy’s food heritage through promoting traditional farming and heritage crops

Italian cuisine is appreciated the world over, so with an aim to preserve the country’s rich food heritage, Civiltà Contadina is on a mission to revive traditional ways of farming in Italy and to save heritage crops and species, once the mainstay crops in rural Italy. Founded in 1996, the non-profit organisation was created to counter the loss of traditional fruit and vegetables which have … Continue reading Civiltà Contadina: Preserving Italy’s food heritage through promoting traditional farming and heritage crops

Farmers of the Future: Short film documents Nepal’s women farmers leading on climate-smart agriculture

Farmers of the Future is a short film showing how Nepal’s women farmers are leading on climate-smart agriculture. The film focuses on a project funded by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) which set out to improve Nepalese women’s knowledge of climate smart agriculture techniques, improving rainwater collection, and introduce new tools to help women sell what their farms produce. Climate-smart agriculture is important for … Continue reading Farmers of the Future: Short film documents Nepal’s women farmers leading on climate-smart agriculture

The Biggest Little Farm: Documentary chronicles couple’s journey to creating a self-sustaining farm

Apricot Lane Farms is a traditional foods farm started by husband and wife team, John and Molly Chester, who left their jobs in LA in 2011 to become farmers and pursue their dreams. The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary movie which chronicles their eight-year journey turning the dry, nutrient-depleted land into a self-sustaining, biodynamic 213-acre farm. The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary about … Continue reading The Biggest Little Farm: Documentary chronicles couple’s journey to creating a self-sustaining farm

Open Farm Day: Discover real farming and get to know your local farmer at the UK-wide annual event

Farms across the UK will be opening their gates to the public this Sunday [9 June] as part of the national Open Farm Sunday campaign. The annual open day offers a chance for people to discover real farming first hand and see for themselves how their food is produced. It also provides farmers with the opportunity to shine a light on what it means to … Continue reading Open Farm Day: Discover real farming and get to know your local farmer at the UK-wide annual event

The Pop-Up Farm: Pick sunflowers and learn about farming whilst having fun

The Pop-Up Farm is aiming to educate people about farming through its seasonal sunflower, sweetcorn and pumpkin festivals. Located close to Harpenden in Hertfordshire, the year-round farm only opens to the public for certain seasons, helping people to understand more about the growing and harvesting of crops. If you want to pick your own sunflowers this year, head to The Pop-Up Farm where you can … Continue reading The Pop-Up Farm: Pick sunflowers and learn about farming whilst having fun

Wefarm: Connecting small-scale farmers through the power of knowledge

Wefarm, a farmer-to-farmer digital network, is helping to bring small-scale farmers together in Kenya and Uganda through the power of knowledge. Over 1 billion smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s food, and four of the five most traded commodities on earth, yet the vast majority lack access to the internet and even basic information to help them solve agricultural problems or share ideas. Wefarm … Continue reading Wefarm: Connecting small-scale farmers through the power of knowledge

Young people in Madagascar learning to farm sustainably to save the rainforest and wildlife

Young farmers in Madagascar are working to stop food production from destroying the island’s rich rainforest. Ahead of a new agreement to protect the planet’s biodiversity being drawn up in Paris next week, BBC News Science Correspondent Victoria Gill met young farmers in Madagascar who live at the front line of the tension between humans and the natural world. The young people are leading a … Continue reading Young people in Madagascar learning to farm sustainably to save the rainforest and wildlife

Agricool: Strawberry farming, all year round, in shipping containers in Paris

French startup Agricool is growing GMO-free, pesticide-free strawberries all year round inside shipping containers in the centre of Paris. The startup is creating small urban farms in the middle of Paris using old shipping containers (which it calls “cooltainers”), in which it is able to vertically grow strawberries without the use of pesticides or GMOs, and using 90% less water than crops grown in the ground. Instead of … Continue reading Agricool: Strawberry farming, all year round, in shipping containers in Paris

Ryerson Urban Farm: Student-led rooftop farm creating opportunities to learn about growing food

Students from Ryerson University in Toronto have converted a green roof on campus into an urban rooftop farm. Ryerson Urban Farm began as a student initiative with the mission to grow food on campus and create opportunities for people to learn about growing food. The urban farm aims to build capacity for rooftop farming through production, education and research. It also operates productive growing spaces … Continue reading Ryerson Urban Farm: Student-led rooftop farm creating opportunities to learn about growing food